1. Is this a dog walk… or a wine-tasting event?
BOTH! This is a fun and relaxing dog walk to benefit one of Washington State’s leading no-kill shelters, Homeward Pet Adoption Center. And because Homeward Pet is located in Woodinville Wine Country, it just makes sense that our dog walk gives you a chance to visit some of the area’s best wineries.
2. Do I need to register in advance?
Yes! Registering in advance will reserve your spot in the Happy Tails Wine Walk, guarantee that you get your Wine Walk goodies – Happy Tails dog bandanna, tasting wine glass, and wine-tasting tickets – and streamline your day-of check-in. Online registration will be available until Thursday, September 15. We will also have registration available at the check-in stations the day of the event, if not sold out, for an additional $5.
3. What do I need to bring?
If you will be tasting – please bring your ID! We are required to check IDs before handing out your event wristband and tasting tickets.
4. What if I don’t have a dog to walk?
No Problem! You will make plenty of dog friends along the way. The Homeward Pet dogs will not be available to ‘borrow’ for the walk as they will need to remain at the shelter to ensure they don’t miss the opportunity to find their forever homes during one of our busiest adoption days.
5. Where is the Woodinville Hollywood Wine District?
The Woodinville Hollywood Wine District is named for what locals refer to as “the old Hollywood Schoolhouse”, a beautiful 1912 building in the heart of the district located just southeast of downtown Woodinville. The wineries participating in the Happy Tails Wine Walk are all within easy walking distance of each other.
6. What time do I need to be there?
Homeward Pet’s Happy Tails Wine Walk is Sunday, September 17th, 1pm – 5pm. It’s not a race, or a timed event, there’s no set course and we don’t even have a starting line. You can arrive anytime during the event hours and go at your own pace, walking your dog, spending time with animal-lovers and friends, visiting the vendors and dog-centric organizations in the Dog Zone, and tasting amazing wine and beer. VIPs are invited to start an hour early, at 12pm, to join us in the exclusive VIP area.
7. Where should I park?
Free parking is available in several locations. Event staff will guide you to Wine Walk parking areas. There is also some street and lot parking available, but please respect open businesses that need available parking spaces. PLEASE NO PARKING in any of the Winery parking lots, those are to be saved for non-event tasters.
8. Where do I check in the day of the event?
New this year! Want to skip the check in line? We are providing an advance check in option where you can pick up your glass, tasting tickets and swag ahead of time, which will allow you to simply park and hit the pavement on Sunday, September 17th without the hassle of checking in! Take advantage of advance check in and receive 2 additional tasting tickets! Advance check in will be available at Homeward Pet Adoption Center on Thursday, September 14th 4-7pm and Saturday, September 16th 10am-12pm.
If you choose not to use advance check in, there will be 3 check in stations available day of near the parking lot.
VIP guests will check in at SilverLake Winery starting at 12pm.
9. Can I drink while I walk?
No. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed on winery premises. We would not want our Happy Tails participants to go home with a $103 ticket.
10. Can I purchase a bottle of wine at this event? Can I drink it at the event?
Yes, bottles will be available for purchase at each participating winery for you to take home, but purchased bottles cannot be consumed at the event. You may buy wines at any time during the event, while supplies last. A portion (10%) of specified bottles sold will raise money for the Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Runners will be available to transport your wine purchases to the ‘bottle pick-up’ area. You get to continue to enjoy the dog walk and not have to carry heavy bottles with you. Then, you can collect your bottle purchases before departing the event.
11. Is this a kid-friendly event?
While this event is not kid-focused, kids who are comfortable around dogs are more than welcome to join the fun. There will be dog-focused activities, fun vendors and prizes in the Dog Zone.
12. Are dogs welcome at the wineries?
Of course! They’re supplying the “happy tails!” We encourage well-behaved, on-leash dogs to walk with their families. All participating wineries either welcome dogs in their establishments, or will have outdoor seating available for you and your four-legged friend(s). Please refrain from using retractable leashes.
13. What’s the Dog Zone?
The Dog Zone features vendors, demos and dog-related professionals offering treats, advice, goods and services for dogs and humans. NEW LOCATION! The Dog Zone will be located at Redhook Brewery and will be open 1pm – 5pm.
14. Will there be an off-leash area for dogs?
No. Unfortunately, there is no safe, secure space for an off-leash area. You’ll want to make sure your high-energy dog gets his daily exercise before coming to the walk.
15. Will there be other beverages besides wine?
Yes. All participating wineries will have water available. Bottled water will also be available at the Homeward Pet Information booth in the Dog Zone. We also have a few breweries offering beer tastings for the non-wine drinkers.
16. Will there be food available?
Yes! Several area restaurants will be open for business during the Happy Tails Wine Walk. There will also be food trucks – RoadChef food truck and Redhook Brewery will be serving up delicious bites.